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  • Meditation In Diamond Way Analysis

    Buddhism. The historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni, had close disciples who saw him neither as a man nor as an unattainable ideal, but as a reflection of themselves; their complete potential realized in the Buddha. All schools of Buddhism put emphasis on the necessity of having a guide or teacher through the process of attaining higher levels of spiritual achievements. Indeed, it is often the case that one cannot reach any substantial attainment without that relationship. Devotion to a teacher and being completely open to their guidance is essential. Another way to speak of the quality of the teacher-student relationship in terms of a Buddhist practice is taking refuge in the teacher. Unlike the majority of Buddhist schools, the Vajrayana schools of Tibet go further, and take refuge in the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and also include taking refuge in the Lama. In Guru Yoga (Khyentse Rinpoche, 1999) Tradition is of great importance in the schools of Buddhism. The act of introduction and instruction into a practice is carried out according to those traditions. It was interesting to me to see if there are differences or divergences in those traditions between the conservative, Tibetan schools and of a modern, western school. I interviewed representatives of both. Dr. Hun Lye is the resident teacher at a Drigkun Kagyu sangha in Asheville and three members of Diamond Way Buddhism, a western and very modern extension of the Karma Kagyu School. In…

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  • Character Analysis: Acala Bodhisattva

    various temptations and barriers the monk has to confront in the way of practicing. In Mural, the major mission of the Bodhisattva is to eradicate his own delusions, rather than to help the others. The real identity of the monk has been further verifying in the movie by the giant statue of a face above the roof of the courtyard, corresponding to the depiction of the Acala in Buddhist art, and the moment when the monk comes to see Your Highness at the end, “Did not you say that you were going to…

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  • Vajrayana Buddhism Essay

    Mahayana is the largest division of Buddhism, so it is only appropriate to talk about this branch first. Mahayana is the dominant type of Buddhism in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, and a few different countries. Since its starting point around 2,000 years prior, Mahayana Buddhism has separated into many sub-schools and factions with an immense scope of tenets and practices. This incorporates Vajrayana schools, for example, some branches of Tibetan Buddhism, which are frequently considered…

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  • Vajrayana Buddhism: A Philosophy

    Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism both focus on meditation more than anything else. “The essential element of Zen Buddhism is found in its name, for Zen means "meditation." Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that one is already an enlightened being. This awakening can happen gradually or in a flash of insight. It is the result of one 's efforts. Deities and scriptures can offer only limited assistance.” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zen Buddhism). “It is…

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  • Comparing Theravada Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism And Zen Buddhism

    school are Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism I will discuss the similarities and differences. Theravada Buddhism,it is considered the most conservative branch of Buddhism. It is known to be a monastic branch and is very strict, Thereavada is known for sticking to the original teachings of Buddha. According to Theravada Buddhism, one must live ethically, meditate, and seek wisdom. These teachings come from the sacred texts of Buddhism, known as the…

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  • The Three Bodies Of Mahayana Buddhism

    practice Buddhism should follow in order to reach enlightenment. The 8 steps include, right outlook or right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right exertion, right mindfulness, and right attentiveness. On the other hand, the 4 Noble Truths consist of 4 truths regarding suffering. The first truth is the truth of suffering known as Dukkha. The second truth is the truth of the cause of suffering which is also called Samudaya. The Next noble truth is the…

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  • Spread Of Buddhism Essay

    now depicted with an ushnisha, a cranial bump. As Buddhism began to lose its appeal in India, it was its evolution that allowed it to gain appeal in other territories such as Nepal, Tibet, and China. Throughout its evolution, differing beliefs split apart the groups of people who believed in Buddhism, currently there exist the Theravada, the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana, each one thriving in its own territory, to be brief in the interpretations given by the Patheos Library’s Buddhism: The…

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  • How Did Religion/Philosophy Spread

    What is the name of the Holy book? The sacred text or Holy book of Buddhism are the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana. Emphasized in Mahayana Buddhism, all beings have Buddha Nature. One can become a Buddha, an enlightened being if one practices diligently and attains purity of mind. 7. Where is the Religion/ Philosophy most influential today? Today, Buddhism is found mostly in Asia, like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, and China and in some parts of India, Pakistan and…

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  • The Importance Of The Four Paths To Hinduism

    practiced to attain self awareness that allowed them to become liberated. The last Buddhist denomination, Vajrayana Buddhism, claims to reach nirvana. “ a single lifetime.” (Smith 198). They make this claim based on being able to channel their energies toward a greater purpose. One of these energies comes from practicing sex as they believe,” keep life going…” therefore, “ must be directly linked with God.” (Smith 199). The most distinguishing component of Tibetan Buddhism is its…

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  • Essay On Hinduism And Buddhism

    born into a Hindu family and the Hindu tradition eventually accepted the Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu (Voorst 114). Buddhism became widely accepted in India due to teachings of the Buddha that created hope for those who otherwise had no hope of salvation and freedom of choice in a society that was ran as a caste system form the dominant Hindu religion. Both of these religions however had compassion toward all living beings, they were non-violent, and each used traditional India methods of…

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